tv Legal View With Ashleigh Banfield CNN November 24, 2015 9:00am-10:01am PST
airplane was downed by turkey. and turkey is a much more robust member of the coalition against isis, and so what does vladimir putin do in response to that and what president putin has said in the recent days he wants a much more vigorous campaign from president obama, and we will see if the president of france will get that the from the president. we will find out in a few minutes. >> excuse me jim, we will watch the two presidents take the podium. >> please be seated. president hollande, it has been a honor to welcome you to the white house before in happier times as this, but as americans, we stand by our friends in good times and in bad, no matter what. so on behalf of the american people, i want to once again express our deepest condolences to you and all of the people of france for the heinous attacks
that took place in paris. we are here to declare that the united states and france stand united in total solidarity to deliver justice to terrorists and those who sent them, and to defend our nations. in that spirit, with heavy but strong the hearts, i welcome you here today. francois, with your understanding and my statement today is going to be longer than usual. i have been traveling, and this is an important moment for our nations and for the world. this barbaric e terrorist group, isil or daesh in its ideology poses a threat to all of us. it can not be tolerated, and it must be destroyed, and we must do it together. this is the unity of purpose that brings us here today. on your visit here last year,
you said that the french love america. well, we love the french. sometimes we americans are too shy to say so, but we are not feeling shy to say it today. we americans love france because we dedicate ourselves to the same ideals that all people deserve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. france is our oldest ally. you helped us to win our independence, and we helped to deliver french from fascism, and we are a freedom to each other. we love france for the spirit and the culture and your verve. and we call visiting paris and walking the eiffel tower or on the sand. we know the places. they are part of our omemories woven into the fabric of our lives and our culture.
i am grateful to the french people when i visit and to my wife michelle and my daughters when we walked in the city of lights. in the rev is a picture of michelle and i walk manage the gardens of lights kissing. those are the memories of paris. early on, and i had no gray hair. so when tragedy struck that evening, our hearts broke, too. in that stadium and concert hall and those restaurants and cafes, we see our own. ma in the faces of the french people, we see ourselves. that is why so many americans have embraced the blue, white and red, and that is why americans have candlelight vigils to join together to sing
the anthem, and we have have never forgotten how you stood by us after 9/.... and it is noted that the terrori terrorists did not focus their attacks against the military or the government, but on the very spirit of france, and by extension of all liberal dem a democracies, this is an attack on the free and liberal societies where people come together to sing and compete and targeting venues where where people come together from around the world killing citizens of nearly 20 countries, including american. this was an attack on the very idea that people of different races and religions and backgrounds can live together in peace.
in short, this is not an attack against one of the great cities, but on the world, itself. and from the innocent who were slaughtered in sinai to lebanon to iraq, and it is a scourge that threatens all of us. that is why for more than a year the united states, france and our coalition of some 65 nations have been united in one mission, to destroy these isille terrorists and to defeat their the vile ideology. today, president hollande and i rerevi rereviewed the coalition's progress. more than 800,000 air strikes combined with the local partners on the ground have pushed isil back from territory in both iraq and syria. today president hollande and i agree that the nations must do more together. u.s. assistance has support ed
the recent french strikes in syria, and we are going to keep stepping up that coordination. as we saw with the attack in mali, it is attacks that goes beyond isille. and so we want to continue to lend intelligence and other air strikes to rout it out. we will do more to prevent attacks at home. building on the rekrecent intelligence agreement, the united states will quickly share threat information with france and in the wake of paris with the threats in belgium, there is also a growing recognition among the european nations that they need to ramp up additional efforts to prevent the flow of foreign terrorist fighters. as part of that, i'm calling on the european union to finally implement the agreement long in the works that would require the airlines to the share passenger information to do more to stop
the foreign terrorist fighters from entering our countries undetected. i am prepared to send teams of our exports to work on this with the european partners to make sure that we are redoubling our efforts together. regard i regarding the broader crisis in syria, president hollande and i agree that the strikes against the moderate opposition only bo bolster the assad regime whose brutality has helped to fuel the rise of isil. we agree that russia could play a more constructive role if it were to shift the focus of its strike to defeating isil. likewise, the president hollande and i agree that the best way to bring peace is through vienna which is active russian support for a cease-fire and political transition away from assad to a democratically elected government to unite the syrian people against terrorism.
fin finally, francois and i understand that one of the greatest weapons in the fight against isil is the strength and resilience of our people. here, i want to speak directly to the american people. what happened in paris is truly horrific. i understand that people worry that something similar could happen here. i want you to foe that we will do everything in our power to defend our nation. since 9/.11, we have taken extraordinary measures to p protect our homeland. and federal, state, local profession professionals are tireless. they have prevented attacks, and they have saved lives. they are working every hour, every day for our security. they did so before paris, they
do so now and they will not stop. they are the best in the world. but it is not just the security professionals who will defeet isis and the terrorist groups. as americans we all have a role in how we respond to the threats. groups like isil cannot defeat us on the battlefield, so they try to terrorize us at home against innocent people. and even as we are vigilant, we will not and cannot succumb to fear, and nor can we allow fear to divide us. that is how terrorists win. we cannot give them the victory of how we change going about living our lives. the good news is that americans are resilient.
we mourned the lives lost at fort hood, the boston marathon, chattanoo chattanooga, but we did not waiver. our communities have gone together, and we have gone to ball games, and kconcerts, and men and women who want to serve our country continue to go to military recruiting offices. we are vigilant. we take precautions. but we go about our business. for those who want to harm us, the actions have shown that we have too much resolve and too much character. americans will not be t terrorized. i i say all of this, because another part of being vigilant and defeeting a group like isil is to uphold the rights and the freedoms that define our two
great republics. that includes freedom of religion. that includes equality before the law. there have been times in our history in moments of fear when we have failed to uphold our highest ideals, and it has been to our lastin ining regret. we must uphold our ideals now, each of us, all of us. we must show that america is strengthened by people of every faith and every background. related to this, i want to note that under president hollande, france plans to welcome an additional 30,000 syrian ref refugees in the next two years. here in the united states, refugees coming to america go through up to two years of intense security checks and
biometric screen iing. and nobody who comes to america goes through more screening than refugees, and we are prepared to share these tools with france and our european partners. as francois said, the humanitarian duty to help des prat refugees and the duty to the security, and those duties go hand in hand. on the statue of lib erty there are the words are from france and the words that we know so well, give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be e frfree. that is the spirit of america. that is the spirit that binds to us france. that is the spirit that we need today. in closing, i want to salute the people of paris for e showing the world how to stay strong in the face of terrorism.
even as they grieve, parisians have continued to grieve and go the work, and ride the metro and go the stadiums to cheer for the teams, and the crowds xwa thered in the plaza depublique, a mother brought her children to let them see that we are not afraid. as one parisian said, paris is always going to be paris. next week,ly be joining president hollande and world le leaders in paris for the global climate conference. what a powerful are rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children. so president hollande and my fellow americans, we have faced
gre greater threats to our way of life before, fascism, communism, our world war i, the second, the long cold war. each and every time we prevailed. we have prevailed because our way of life is stronger. because we stay united. even though we are rerelentless in the face of evil, we draw on what is best in our can countries. it will be no different this time. make no mistake, we will win, and groups like isil will lose. standing with allies like france, we will continue the show the world the best of american leadership. viva le france and god bless america. mr. president.
>> translator: ladies and gentlemen, please allow me first and foremost to thank the president of the united states president obama for the solidarity ta that -- that he has shown immediately as we found out about the terrorist attacks. he was the first one to call me. it was very late in france, 2:00 a.m. when barack called, the president of the united states, and he has expressed the solidarity to france and the emotion and the compassion against the hour. and on that night, he told me that the united states stood by france, that the help that could be provided to france would have no limits, and that we had a
du duty, a joint duty to pull our forces together and fight terrorism. i did not forget either all of the messages that the american people sent to the french people over the past few days. the french color, the french flags, and all of around in many gatherings, and these candles in places that represent france here in the united states, and our national anthem sung in many sa ceremonies. it is true that 9/11 we all felt americans, but after the 13th of november, americans felt french. our two peoples together merged as one.
sharing the same emotion and freedom to fight for our values. we are not dissimilar peoples, but we have our own histories and our own culture and background, but we share the same trust, the same faith in freedom. it is france that came under attack on the 13th of november. france, for what it is, a country which we consider unique in the world, because france speaks to the world. france came under attack for what it represents, to what it stands for, for its culture, our wayf of living as well as our values, our principles, but by targeting france, the terrorist
s the cowardly murders targeted the world. in the restaurants and the cafes as well as the bataclan, that concert venue, they were men and women most of them young who came from 20 countries, at least. they shared the same passion for life, and that is why they were murdered. my thoughts are with the friends and family of the young american stude student, nay yhime gonzalez, wh was killed at the bataclan. on that occasion, we were together to bring the same
enthusiasm and they were hit by terrorists. we are facing the terror group which organized itself on the territory with substantial resources. they are striving on smuggling of oil, drug, human beings, and since the beginning of the year, they hit many countries -- denmark, tunisia, lebanon, kuwait, turkey, egypt as well as russia by taking down the russian plane. so together with president obama we want on the occasion of that meeting first of all to share, share our determination, relentless determination to fight terrorism everywhere and
anywhere. we also meant to tell the world that we will not allow those who want to destroy what we have built, and we will not allow them to do it, to destroy what we have built generation after generation. they will not be able to damage the world. and against that, we need a joint response, and implaquable joint response. france and the united states stand together many that response. militarily it is about destroys daesh no matter where they are. it is about taking out the financing, hunting down their leaders, dismantling their networks and taking back the land they currently control. we therefore decided, president obama and myself, to scale up our strikes both in syria and in
iraq to broaden our scope to strengthen our intelligence sharing regarding the targets. we must have a priority to take back key locations in daesh and syria, and it is also a matter of urgency to close the border between turkey and syria and prevent terrorists from crossing the border and coming to europe or other places and then to take such terrible attacks. we also took the decision to work together with our partners of the coalition in iraq and to support all of those who are fighting daesh on the ground. the aim is to make sure that the forces can be supported, helped, but all countries that are willing to act militarily to
destroy daesh. the resolution of the security council that was voted unanimously friday after being introduced by france and supported by the united states, this resolution provides us with the clear basis to act. this is what france is currently doing with the aircraft carrier "charles de gaulle" is in the the mediterranean and allows us to enjoy more capability. and today for the sixth time after the terror attacks in paris, paris, we have struck raqqah, and we are being provided some as sises and the with the iraqi fighters in the area of ramadi and that area. now, diplomatically president obama and myself have strengthened the coalition as early as the night of the
attacks. i want to commend everything that is being done so that intelligence and information available can be used to tackle a terrorist and to follow their movements so that we will prevent them from doing what they want to do, because beyond syria and iraq what they want is somehow to spread fear everywhere so that we doubt, so that we make decisions which are exa exactly contrary to what we want in terms of the freedom and rights, but we will not give in. that being said, we have to defend ourselves and use intelligence, diplomatically, we are working on the political transition in syria with the framework of the european process, and i commend the work done by the ministers and to
lead to a quick end of assad's departure. we cannot imagine the syrians getting together and gathering around the leader who is responsible for some of the most 300,000 deaths in a few years. so, the government of unity is required, but it must lead to the assad's departure. the syrian crisis is directly relevant to europe first of all given the terrorist threat, but also because there are millions of refugees fleeing the regime's bombs and daesh atrocities. if we were to abbandon them, we
would betray what we are. this is the reason why, i reject identifying migration and terrorism. at the same time, we must control the borders. today, people are risking their lives to flee when they travel between turkey and greece. turkey therefore plays an important role, a and it is together with turkey that we find solutions so is that the refugees can stay close to their country of origin. we need to make sure that the required controls, the checks are in implemented at the border. on thursday, i will be traveling to moscow to meet with vladimir putin and i will the tell him that france can work together with russia, if russia
concentrates the military action on daesh. against isil. if russia fully commits to the political solution in syria. this is what we want to do. we want to gather all countries, all of those who are willing to find and to implement a political solution in syria. we do not want to exclude anyone, but we want to make sure that this political solution can eradicate terrorism. lastly, next week, that is on monday, we will be hosting in paris the climate conference. i certainly could not imagine that this conference would be taking place are against such a background. at the same time, i think that they cannot be any better symbol
or response, but to hold the conference in paris where the attacks took place, where we took the right measures in terms of security, protections as well as in defending our values. there is no greater symbol than holding this this conference on climate in paris with some 150 heads of state and government. never before did france host so many leaders of the international community. they are coming. they are coming to sort out the climate change and again to work and to find the right agreement so that we can limit greenhouse gas emissions to make sure that our children and grandchildren can live better or simply live.
but they are also coming to express their support to freedom, to the fight against extremism. that radical islam which is becoming dangerous. yes, all of them are coming no matter their the background, no matter their religion, their convictions to express the same principle, the same values with the same word, life. yes, simply life. this is the reason why i'm very pleased that the president obama will allow us to succeed. i commend his recent statements over the past few weeks and months, but i also commend the commitments that he has made in the name of the united states as well as in the name of the
world. it was very important that one of the most powerful countries in the world if not the most powerful and therefore with the highest level of emissions could also be there to face the future like we have been facing in history. what we will be doing in paris next week is to continue to live and protect our lives and protect the lives of all children. france and the united states have given their history and the values, the founding values of both of our nations, given our spirits, we both have the duty to the act as matter urgently against terrorism, and against daesh, and also at the same time
to prepare for the future. against that background, even though it is a very dire one, i am very pleased to be with barack obama to send across that message to the entire world. thank you. >> we have time for a few questions and i will start with roberta rampton of reuters. >> thank you. this is a question for both of you. first, what is your reaction to turkey shooting down a russian plane today, and does this draw nato into confrontation with russia and how do you keep it from spiraling out of control and president obama, what does this incident mean for the future prospects of the military coordination, and more military coordination for russia and president hollande for your visit to moscow thursday, what are the further coordination with russia given what happened
today? >> well, i, first of all, we are still getting the details of what happened, and i expect to be in communications potentially directly with president erdogan at some point over the next few days. turkey like every country has a right to defend its territory and air space. i think it is very important for us to right now make sure that both the russians, and the turks are talking to each other and find out exactly what happened, and take measures to discourage any kind of escalation. i do think that this points to a ongoing problem with the are russian operations. in the sense that they are operating very close to the turkish border, and they are going after moderate opposition
that are supported by not only turkey, but a wide range of countries. and if russia is directing its energies towards daesh and isil, some of the the conflicts or the potentials for mistakes or escalation are less likely to occur. it also underscores the importance of us making sure that we move this political track forward as quickly as possible. like president hollande, our view from the start has been that russia is welcomed to be part of this broad-based coalition that we have set up. there has never been a point in time that we have said that we don't want russia or other countries who may have differences with us on a whole host of other things to avoid working with us against isil. the challenge has been russia's
focus on propping up assad rather than focusing on isil. i had a conversation with president pew nin turkutin in t indicated to him that while they make that strategic shift to go to vienna where there was a constructive process to bring the parties together, and to try to execute a political position that all parties would agree to, and refocus attention on going after isil, then there is enormous capacity for us to cooperate. until that happens, it is very difficult. it is difficult, because if their priority is attacking the moderate opposition that might be future members of inclusive syrian government, russia is not going to be getting the support
of us or a range of members of the coalition. but there is the possibility of cooperation. the sooner we agree to the political process the less likely that you have the kinds of, the kinds of events that took place apparently today. >> translator: the event that took place is a serious one, and we can only regret it. turkey is currently providing all of the information to nato, so that we can find out what truly happened and whether turkey's air space indeed was entered into, but we must prevent an escalation. that would be extremely
damageable. the only purpose is to fight against terrorism and daesh. this is what we must do, a all of us. we, turkey, russia and what just took place, like barack said, means that what we must find a solution to this syrian crisis, because we can see what the risks are otherwise, the risks of escalation. i therefore will be traveling to russia this week because we have this resolution of the security council, and it does show that we must take action against daesh, against terrorism and that resolution has been voted unanimously in the broadest coalition. then we will ask president
putin, as i have done before when i have talked to the russian as number of times already, that the strikes must be against daesh. against terrorism. and those who precise l-- threatening us, and they are threatening the russians like us in europe, and like france targeted over the past few day, and therefore we must coordinate ourselves, and cooperate, but on that basis and make sure that we are all acting against daesh, and that we are part of the political process, one that must lead to the solution, and we all know what the prarameters of th solution are or are not. we know that there is a bedrock
today. i mentioned the "charles de gaulle" air carrier in the eastern mediterranean, and as a matter of fact, there are also some russian forces, and therefore i agree with president putin that we must share our intelligence so that we can act in coordination, and we must not contradict ourselves, and it is already the case, and we will continue to do so. >>. [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: mr. president, the americans have special forces in syria, and e beyond the words and what is happening, are you going to send some special force s s to syria? are you considering some grand intervention there? mr. president, beyond the emotion that we can feel here, beyond this the beautiful statements, for more than a year, we have heard all of you saying that assad must go, and that a political transition is
necessary in syria, and mr. president can you today here in front of us tell us a specific date, a deadline for assad to g go? >> you said president, and we have two presidents here. >> i can translate in english? >> no, that is okay, i have the translation, but we have two presidents here. >> i will not provide you with a date, because it must be as soon as possible. that is one of the requirements to be found. but let me underline something. there is a new mind isset to be found. the crisis in syria has been ongoing to four years, four
years. there are probably more than 300,000 dead. and this is not just relevant to the countries of the region which are hosting the refugees. it is relevant to europe and the entire world now with the issue of refugees, and those who believe that we could wait some more, and that in any case it was far away, they now realize that we have an influx of refugees that the terrorists, and the risk is everywhere due to daesh, and we therefore must a act. you also asked me what we were going to do, what more. we are willing to intensify the strikes. we will have some more specific target to make sure that daesh
are resources, their means are cut off, including their command centers, the turks carrying oil, the training centers where they prepare the terror attacks. we will continue, and we will intensify our strikes at the heart of the cities which are currently in the hands of daesh. france will not intervene militarily on the ground. it is for the local forces the do so. we have been supporting them for a number of months, and we will continue to do so, and they will do the job on the ground after we, after our strikes that will enable them to do so, but france will take its responsibilities regarding that support which is absolutely necessary. >> let me make a couple of br d
broader comments about the operations against isil. as was already indicated, we have taken thousands of strikes, and taken thousands of isil fighters, including the top comma commanders and the leaders off of the battlefield. we have squeezed their supply lines. we have empowered and armed local groups that are pushing against them including most recent willy in sinjar -- most recently in sinjar, and we are providing transition to the ra iraqi government as they are preparing to the take places like ramadi that had been overrun. we have seen some success, but the question is how to accelerate it. and the fact is that the before the tragedy in paris, i had
gathered my national security forces, and it had been a year to review where we had made progress, and what worked and what had not and put together a plan to accelerate and advance the pressure that we can place on isil. and we intend to execute on those plans, but we also think that as francois said, there is new openness on the part of other coalition members to help resource and provide ad diditio assistance both to the coalition as a whole, and to the local forces on the ground. with respect to mr. assad, i think that we have to let the vienna process play itself out. it is the best opportunity. and so the notion that there would be an immediate date in advance of us getting a broad agreement on that political process and the details, i think, it doesn't make sense.
as soon as we have a framework for political transition, potentially a new constitution, elections, it in that context that we can start to look at mr. assad choosing not the run and potentially seeing a new syria emerge. but it is going to be hard. and we should not be under any illusions. syria has broken down. it began to break down the moment that mr. assad started to killing indiscriminantly his own people. isil was able to move into the raqqah in part because of a thorough rejection on the part of many syrians of the assad regime, and the power vacuum emerged. it is going to be a difficult,
long, methodical process to bring back together various factions within syria to maintain a syrian state, and institutions, and to create the kind of stability that the allows people to come back in and rebuilding their lives. but it is possible. the urgency that we have seen even before paris out of countries like russia indicate that they recognize they can't be there too long and ultimately winning military battle successfully. olivia knox. >> thank you, mr. president. [ speaking foreign language ] mr. president, can you tell us if the russian plane did in fact breech the turkish air space, and given the fury on the
military and diplomatic fronts, can you tell us if there is an expanded coalition within the front. >> translator: mr. president, when it comes to strengthening the military intelligence and all of this, have they been taking a month or weeks ago, would it have prevented the terror attacks in paris or prevent us to prevent some f further terror attacks? >> we don't have all of the information yet. i don't want to comment on the specifics. we will be gathering the informati information, and the turks will be providing some information and the russians will have some information, and we will be able to confirm what happened in part through our own intelligence and tracking of that border area. as francois indicated, my top priority is going to be to ensure that this does not escala escalate.
hopefully, this is a moment in which all parties can step back and make a determination as to how their interests are best served. the russians had several hundred people of their own killed by isil. and the flow of foreign fighters out of russian areas into syria poses an enormous long-term threat to russian territory. so there is a potential convergence of interests between the various parties. it requires us working with them to make the kind of strategic shift that is necessary, and frankly, they have talked to putin about for five years now. it requires a recognition that the existing structure cannot gain the legitimacy to stop the war and until you stop the war,
you are going to have a vacuum in which these kinds of terrorist organizations can operate more effectively. let me say one last thing, because i have tracked the question that you posed to president hollande about what could and could not have been prevent prevented. all of our intelligence personnel here in the united states, across the atlantic, work tirelessly as i said earlier to disrupt plots and prevent a terrorist attack. and a majority of the disrupt aring plots are not advertised. you don't hear about them. but if it weren't for the dedication of the intelligence and the law enforcement a, and e military professionals, this would be a much more dangerous world.
so you have to be careful about speculating about what if and could have and would have in a situation like this, but a it is hard. you eight individuals with light weapons, and that is a hard thing to track. what is true though is that we can do a better job, and i think coordinating between the countries. i have been talking to the european partners for quite some time now about the need for better intelligence sharing, passenger name records, working to ensure that when people enter into europe, particularly now sh, that the information across various borders is shared on a timely basis, and you have biometric information and other
technologies that can make it more accurate. it does not mean it is going to be 100% foolproof, but we can do better on those fronts. and you know, but one of the challenges has been frankly in the past several years that we have different legal traditions, concerns about privacy and civil liberties, all of which are entirely lly legitimate and tho cannot be ignored now, because that is part of the values that the we, that make us who we are, and that we have to adhere to, but i do think that, you know, this is a reminder that this is a dangerous world. routing out small bands of terrorist groups who maintain good operations and modern technologies that are hard to
track, it is a tough job. we all have to pool our resources together much more effectively than we have in the past. i think that when francois goes back to europe, his leadership, the leadership of other presidents and prime ministers around this issue is going to be as important as anything that we do. >> translator: allow me to come back to what daesh truly is. it is somehow an organization, a terrorist group occupy iing a territory in iraq and syria, kill i killing. they want to install rules that
dishonor humanity. this is what daesh is doing there. this is what they are trying to do in other countries everywhere chaos stands. and then we have to deal with the number of networks more or less organized in a number of countries that are being used to lead terror attacks. like was the case precisely in paris. we know that they had this dreadful plan prepared in syria and organized in a number of countries and also some accomplices in france given that some of the terrorists are french. those who committed these acts
of war. so if we want to tackle t terrorism, we must act not only to destroy daesh where they are in syria, in iraq, but we must also dismantle and destroy these networks. how can we proceed? well, first of all, militarily by intensify iing the strikes, taking back these territories, and thanks to the local forces on the ground which we can support by finding a political solution in syria by making sure that the territorial integrity of iraq is restored. this is what we can do. then when it comes to the protection measures to protect our territory and our people, this is what i announced in france and this is what we have to do to eradicate these
networks and all of these accomplices and those who are present. some of them just arrived. others have been there for a long time, and they are not necessarily identify ied as a threat. it is therefore necessary that we strengthen yet further our cooperation in terms of the intelligence. the paris attacks generated a lot of emotion, but it is not enough. compassion and solidarity, and i take note of it. but we must act and for a number of days now, i have been trying to convince all of the kcountris that can act to do so. i met with david cameron yesterday. he announced that he would take a number of measures to his parliament, and that is
important. today, i'm here with barack, so that we can act with greater intensity and adherence as well. tomorrow, i will be hosting german chancellor angela merkel so that european countries, including germany, can face up to their responsibilities and including in terms of military intelligence and police i will also travel to mosc so that russia can take action against daesh, against daesh. and then, i will receive the head of the italian government. i will also have an opportunity to talk to all of the european leaders given that to a european council together with turkey will be held on sunday.
so it is all of that, that must get together, and enable us to implement coordination, cooperation in our actions so that we can act on the source daesh and the networks they can use. it is that strength that will enable us to succeed. questions from the bfm tv. >> translator: both of you have talked about coordination and cooperation against daesh, and does it mean that the single coalition that you mentioned last week, president hollande that it is kconceivable to have the americans and the russians work together under a single command, and then bashar al assad and you said that his departure is not that you can give us a date, and it is that his departure is not a preamble to syria?
>> regarding the coalition of the international community, i believe that the resolution approved by all of the security council enabled us to say that now the entire world is committed to fighting against daesh. then, and this is what i will check when i travel to moscow, we need one single goal, a and that is to tackle terrorism and fight against daesh militarily, and i believe that we can have some further cooperation and coordination militarily to move and yet when it comes to the political solution, and the one that we will be able to find not for syria, but in respect like we have said, and we can repeat it. bashar al assad cannot be the future of syria.
in vienna, we are already working with all of the countries, and even though they do not necessarily have the same stance the as turkey and iran and the gulf countries and the united states and france and of course all of those who are meant to find a solution. but we must work on that transiti transition. a transition to where bashar al assad plays a role, because he cannot be a solution. >> just a comment quickly. we have a coalition of 65 countries who have been active and pushing back against isil for quite some time. france has been a central part of the coalition as have european countries, arab
countries, countries as far flung as australia and countries in southeast asia are part of that coalition. russia right now is a coalition of two. iran and russia supporting assad. given russia's military capabilities and the influence they have on the assad regime, them cooperating would be enormously helpful in bringing about resolution of the civil war in syria and allow us all to refocus our attention on isil. but i think that it is important to remember that you have a e global coalition organized, and russia is the outlier.
we hope that they refocus their attention on what is the most substantial threat, and that they serve as a construck thetive partner. and if and when they do, it will make it easier for us to go after isil and daesh, and although, it is also important to recognize that the kinds of air strikes that they are carrying out, and just like the kind of air strikes that we are carrying out in and of themselves are not sufficient. the work that we do to bolster local fighting forces, the cutting off of supply lines, financing, oil, reducing the flow of foreign fighters, the intelligence work that needs to be done, all of that is something that we are doing now and that they can supplement, but that is going to be a
process that involves hard methodical work. it is not going to be something that happens just because suddenly we take a few more air strikes. and that's the kind of hard woswork that i know that france is prepared the do, and the united states is prepared to do, and perhaps in the future russia will be as well. okay. thank you very much, everybody. the two president, the president of the united states and the president of france are wrapping up a one-hour news conference at the white house following important talks on what is going on in iraq and syria, and this is on a critically important day when there was an ugly encounter involving russian and turkish warplanes. this is a serious is situation. and once again, we want to welcome the viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer reporting from